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All about your Corgi

Corgis are smart, friendly and undeniably adorable. Their friendly nature and small size make them excellent family pets. From grooming to exercise, learn how to keep your Corgi happy and healthy.

    Breed information & advice

    Corgis are small and sturdy, and due to their working background, they're highly intelligent and eager to please – making them a joy to train. These friendly little dogs love to be part of the family, easily fitting into households with children and other pets.

    • Corgis shed regularly, so it's best to brush them at least once a day to remove any dead hair
    • They will weigh between 11 and 14kg as an adult
    • A healthy corgi will usually live for 12–15 years
      Corgi playing with a toy

      Recommended exercise & nutrition

      Don't let their little legs fool you – Corgis need lots of exercise. Because they were originally bred for herding, they have bucket-loads of energy and stamina. The Kennel Club describes them as "a dog that was born busy and stays busy". They need at least one hour of exercise per day, including games to burn a lot of energy and stimulate their mind. They don't tire easily, and will happily join you on longer hikes.

      Corgis don't have any specific dietary requirements, but will be happiest with a diet that's high in protein and fat. Choose a good quality dog food, feeding them two meals per day according to the packet instructions.

          Corgi out on a walk

          Common health problems & illnesses

          To live a long and healthy life, Corgis need all of the standard vaccinations, dental checks and flea and tick treatments. There are also some illnesses this breed is prone to. It's worth being aware of them so that you can notice the symptoms early.

            1. Hip and elbow dysplasia

            Hip and elbow dysplasia affects the development of the joints, causing a loss of function. If your Corgi starts having trouble standing up and jumping, this can be an early sign. Other symptoms to look for are swaying when they walk, joint pain, stiffness and a decreased range of motion. Hip and elbow dysplasia can be made worse by obesity, and exercising them too much or too little. It can be eased by anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy or – in some cases – surgery.

              2. Degenerative Myelopathy

              This serious nerve and spine condition affects the central nervous system, brain stem and spinal cord. Symptoms range from decreased muscle mass, muscular atrophy and posture issues to partial or full limb paralysis. Sadly there's no known cure for it, but there are ways to manage it to keep your Corgi comfortable.

                3. Von Willebrand's disease

                This disorder stops blood from clotting properly, meaning your Corgi will bleed more than usual after an injury. This can lead to anaemia and dangerous levels of blood loss. Symptoms to look out for are random bleeding from the nose, genitals and gums. You may also see blood in their pee and poo, and they may bruise easily. This isn't usually a serious condition, and in most cases only requires mild treatment. Von Willebrand's disease is hereditary, so ask the breeder if the parents have been screened for it.

                  4. Hypothyroidism

                  With this condition, the body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms to look out for include hair loss, dry skin and obesity. It can also impact their personality, so look out for changes such as increased aggression and anxiety. It's fairly easy to treat and manage, and your vet can prescribe a pill with replacement hormones. Your Corgi will need to take these every day, and they can usually be hidden in food.

                    5. Bladder and kidney stones

                    Corgis are more likely to develop this painful condition, where clusters of minerals form in the bladder or kidneys. You might notice blood in their pee, as well as signs that they're having trouble urinating – for example straining when it's time to go, or if they simply can't. You might also notice that they lose their appetite, become lethargic and have a fever. Abdominal pain and vomiting are also common. Kidney and bladder stones are considered a medical emergency, so make sure you have pet insurance in place and call your vet right away.

                        Popular dog names

                        Struggling to think of a name for your Corgi? These are some of the most popular options with Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customers.

                          1 Bella
                          2 Poppy
                          3 Alfie
                          4 Teddy
                          5 Lola

                          Average treatment costs

                          Wondering whether pet insurance for your Corgi is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customers in 2021 and the average cost of treatment.

                            Top five conditions and average costs

                            Top five conditions and average costs



                                Organ tumour




                                        Heart failure


                                            Foreign body - gastric


                                                Tesco Bank Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses for Cardigan Welsh Corgis from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

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                                                Grooming advice

                                                Grooming your Corgi is an excellent way to bond. Corgis are a short-haired breed, so aren't high-maintenance. They do shed regularly so, to keep their coat looking shiny and healthy, it's worth running a brush through it once a day. This has the added benefit of removing moulting hair before it ends up all over your clothes and furniture.

                                                Corgis only need a bath once a month, max – they can easily go for two months without. Corgis have waterproof coats that are full of beneficial oils, and washing too often can strip these away. This could potentially lead to skin problems and excess shedding.

                                                File or clip your Corgi's nails once every 3–4 weeks, and take time to check their eyes for gunky build-ups.

                                                  Fun & interesting facts

                                                  • The word 'Corgi' is Welsh for 'dwarf dog' – with 'cor' meaning 'dwarf' and 'gi' meaning 'dog'.
                                                  • According to Welsh folklore, Corgis are enchanted dogs from the land of the fairies. It's said that Fae warriors would ride these diminutive dogs into battle, and use them to pull their royal coaches.
                                                  • Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love of corgis, and has owned more than 30 during her life.
                                                  • Amazon's first mascot was a Corgi named Rufus. He passed away in 2009, and the online shopping giant's Seattle campus has a building named after him.
                                                  • There are two different types of Corgi - the more popular Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the slightly larger Cardigan Welsh Corgi. They were recognised as different breeds in 1934.

                                                  Important information

                                                  Key information

                                                  The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

                                                  Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Ltd. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

                                                  All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.

                                                    What is vetfone?

                                                    Vetfone™ is a 24/7 unlimited, free telephone or video call service that provides expert advice from nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need reassurance on grooming, feeding or general advice, vetfone™ is there to help.

                                                    As a Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customer, you can access expert veterinary advice provided by RCVS registered vet nurses as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick telephone call or video call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you a trip to the vet.

                                                    Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

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